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Study multivariable calculus with David was a pleasant experience.
Unlike other “professors,” David rarely lectured to us. He preferred to do one or two examples made up together with students and demonstrate possible variations. He emphasized his main points repeatedly throughout lectures, and it was really easy for us to learn what were crucial, even though we may not thoroughly understand the concept.
In addition, he cared about his students. He always checked his microphone at the beginning to make sure everyone could hear him; he sent out weekly emails to remind us about quizzes and information will be covered in the following week; He held long office hours before exams, etc.
For 32B, we covered the last three chapters in Rogawski’s Calculus (and the last chapter only had three sections!). David did not have a rigid schedule. For more often times he paused the class and explicated confusing topics in more details and dedicated with extra lecture whenever it was needed. Even pacing that slow, he still left us with 5 to 6 lectures for review.
One thing about 32B is that it can be incredibly hard with all kinds of complicated integrals, but David only expected to grasp the core and the fundamental ideas. He had weekly quizzes to force you to keep up with him, and his homework was not mandatory. Even though you don’t have to hand them in, but I still suggest you to do all of them for practice. He only had one midterm and a final. Students in class got pretty high averages.
I would definitely recommend him.
First off, Math 32B is probably the most challenging math class of the math series because the concepts and mathematical techniques discussed in the course reach deep into the philosophy of mathematics like algebraic topology. Prospective students sufficient in visualizations of mathematical concepts will particularly find David's class to be entertaining and meaningful.
David does well in visually articulating the concepts which are absolutely helpful in understanding where the theorems stem from and how it should be applied. This will be a different math class than from your past experiences since he doesn't routinely follow the book. He teaches without notes and everything is from his memory so it's easier to absorb paraphrased concepts.
I highly recommend David for any class you are considering on taking as he will do his best to tailor the course to the student's needs.
Tips for a successful experience:
- Homework is optional; treat it as mandatory and direct any questions to your TA or David himself
- Ask questions in class if something is ambiguous. David encourages such questions as it will greatly enhance your learning experience and his!
- Go to office hours. Sometimes David will digress to miscellaneous topics during office hours but they're absolutely interesting and useful at that!
Professor Weisbart is a very friendly and approachable professor who genuinely seems passionate about math. I didn’t really like his teaching style, however, because he often introduces a new topic with proofs, which confused me and which I didn’t understand at all. I felt pretty lost while taking this class and had to read the textbook a lot to figure out what was going on. It didn’t help that he tries to cram a lot of material into a short amount of time during the beginning of the course, although it was nice to be able to relax a bit when we finished early during the last 2 weeks of the course. I found it pretty stressful, though, because I had to quickly learn the material on my own in time for the quiz. That said, his quizzes are very short and straightforward, just 1 or 2 problems, but if you don’t understand the material it can be difficult to figure it out in the short time given. Sometimes he lectures for too long and runs out of time, so he lets you bring the quiz home to do. He also drops your 2 lowest quiz grades, which is pretty nice of him. He assigns homework problems, but they’re optional. You should try to do some, but it’s okay if you don’t get to all of them because Professor Weisbart gives you a practice midterm/final before the midterm and final. Also, not all of the material in the textbook or in the practice problems will be tested – he will tell you what he thinks is important. He also gives you a packet of lecture notes about all the topics he will test you on for the final, which I found very helpful. The midterm was pretty simple because it was taken during class and he couldn’t put too many hard problems in it when we only had 50 minutes to do them. A lot of the time he asks you to set up integrals but not evaluate them during exams. The final was a bit harder, but it’s not impossible to get a good grade.
Overall, I didn’t really like his teaching style, so I had to teach myself a lot of the material. He’s a friendly guy though, and it’s not too difficult to get a good grade.
Grading option 1:
Midterm 25% (only 1, MID-term)
Grading option 2:
David was amazing. He teaches very very effectively compared to other professors. He genuinely wants students to learn, and not just be able to do step-by-step computations. He usually goes over only a couple of problems in one class, but they are always very clear and directly relate to the topic we are on. Even though he does not assign homework, his effective and passionate teaching style made me understand everything in this pretty difficult course. As long as you understand in class, there is not much studying that needs to be done.
Personality wise, he is very funny. He may not be doing it on purpose, but his way of teaching just creates a pleasant atmosphere in the class.
Overall, best math professor I've had here. TAKE HIM WITHOUT SECOND THOUGHTS!!
Weisbart is a young, buff (really) professor who likes to be more personal with his students, instead of being the professor who just lectures at you. I also like how he doesn't read off notes.
Pretty chill dude, I wish I had payed more attention.
David (he insists on being called David) was one of the best, if not the best math professors I ever had. I learned more in his class than in any other math class. He gave us a true intuitive understanding of the material, rather than just teaching us how to do various problems.
His tests were very fair; he never tried to trick anyone, but he definitely demanded a comprehensive understanding of the material. Overall, great professor, would take him again for any math class.
Good math teacher; he does make asides, but they always help you understand the lecture more (or if they won't he explicitly states "don't worry if you don't get this, but..." and the people who get it will pay attention and those who aren't too interested/are tired/etc don't have to focus on it!).
On occasion he would assume that "oh this is easy/straight forward" when it wasn't always for people. However, if you have someone who isn't afraid to ask for a deeper explanation, he will reexplain it and write it down if asked explicitly.
Usually clear and easy to understand- sometimes he was quiet at the beginning, but when asked to speak up, he did so.
I definitely would recommend him, as despite the difficulty, you leave his class with great knowledge, even if your grade doesn't completely reflect it.
Professor Weisbart is great at teaching. He tells us to call him David. I took Math 32B with him. He makes an effort to help student understand concepts. He really wishes his students to do well. He gave us two grading options which he said he will take the better one. His office hours are pretty helpful. His exams can be a little tricky but you can definitely do well on them. Definitely take him for any math class you can.